Armoured faun

Albert TUCKER: artist

Not On Display

About the work

Albert Tucker was part of a group of Melbourne artists who, in their search for an art reflective of Australian themes, challenged assumptions about painting in this country in the mid-20th century. Seeking to develop paintings that addressed national identity, they sought subject matter from Australia’s past, such as incidents from the lives of Ned Kelly and the ill-fated explorers Burke and Wills. Tucker was fascinated by the drama and tragedy of those lives, and developed motifs in his paintings which became embodiments of the struggle between humans and the harsh Australian environment. Armoured faun is an example of Tucker’s portrayal of the tension between the physical and the emotional whereby the figure is no longer ‘in’, but ‘of’, the landscape.
Armoured faun
Artist/Maker and role
Albert TUCKER: artist
pva on composition board
122.0 x 91.0cm
Credit line
Gift of Barbara Tucker under the Commonwealth Government's Cultural Gifts Program, 2004
The State Art Collection, The Art Gallery of Western Australia
Accession number

This is one of the paintings in our collection.